Health knowledge made personal
On February 8, 2009 Joey, our bundle of joy arrived five weeks early! A few days later we learned that he had Down syndrome. We had no idea throughout the pregnancy that our baby was going to have Down syndrome. But we had refused most of the prenatal testing because when I saw Joey's heart beating on an ultrasound at 9 weeks gestation I knew that was a baby, our baby, and it did not matter to us because no matter what, this was the baby God wanted us to have. Knowing nothing about Down syndrome we were terrified when we first learned that Joey had Down syndrome. However, through our local Down Syndrome Information Alliance, and the blogs of other families with babies with Down syndrome we realized that Joey was a baby first, who happened to have Down syndrome and were able to come to terms with Joey's diagnosis. We love Joey just the way he is and would not change anything about him. I started blogging as a way to keep family and friends updated on Joey and to let the world know that Down syndrome is not a death sentence. Joey is a wonderful baby and has brought so much joy to our lives. It is my hope that a mother facing a prenatal diagnosis of Down syndrome will see our blog and those of our friends who have children with Down syndrome and will choose to give that child a chance at life.